BASSETT - FREEMAN COLLECTION
SOURCE: Mrs. David O. Hamrick, December 1986
SIZE: 5 linear feet
SHELVING UNITS: 11 manuscript boxes
1 photograph folder
PROCESSING: RAA, January 1987
Winnie Bassett was born 21 May 1901 in LaGrange, Georgia, the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Bassett, Jr. and Sarah Clementine Gladney. As a young woman she worked for the City of LaGrange and as a civil service employee in Washington, D.C. In 1942 she married Major Charles Lynn Seacord, Sr. In 1949 they moved to Bradenton, Florida, where they lived until Major Seacord's death in the early 1960s.
In 1964 Mrs. Ellis married John N. Robinson, Brigadier General USA, Retired. General and Mrs. Robinson were active in the retired military community at Bradenton. Noted for her gracious entertaining, Mrs. Robinson was a "Lady of the Ribbon" of the Military Order of the World Wars.
During this period she conducted most of her genealogical research. She was a member of the Florida Genealogical Society and a founding member of the Manatee Genealogical Society. As a member of the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, she was the organizing officer of that organization's Manatee and Sarasota County chapter, the William Bassett Chapter. Members chose to name their chapter in honor of Mrs. Robinson's ancestor. She was also a member of the Florida Chapter of Magna Charta Dames.
General Robinson died 6 May 1978 in Bradenton. In 1981, Mrs. Robinson married Colonel D. Detreville Ellis.
Mrs. Ellis intended to publish her family's genealogy, but the assistance which she continually gave to others, and her failing health prevented her from attaining her goal. She died 30 March 1986. In accordance with her will, her genealogical bookswere given to the Manatee County Library in Bradenton and her papers were donated to Troup County Archives.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
Mrs. Ellis's ancestors include the Bassetts, Freemans, Gladneys, Haynes and other families and other families who have lived in the western part of Troup County since the 1830s. About 1964, Mrs. Ellis began compiling her genealogy through correspondence from her home in Florida and extensive travel to archives and libraries in the Southeast. She relied heavily on secondary sources (published material) to document her lineage, rather than primary sources such as wills, deeds, and court records. The bulk of this collection consists of notes and photocopies that she made during her research trips.
Box 1 Bassett family Folder
1-3 Research notes
4 Typed notes
5 Published data (photocopies)
6-9 The Earliest Bassetts
10-11 Eli Bassett of South Carolina and Georgia 12-13 Ezekiel Bassett and Descendants
14-16 John Bassett and Descendants
17-19 William P. and John N. Bassett, Sons of John and Agatha Bassett 20-22 Kilby and Rebecca Bassett
Box 2 Bassett family
1-2 Nathaniel Bassett
3 Richard Bassett - Revolutionary War service
4-6 Richard Bassett Sr. and Richard Bassett Jr.
7 Richard Bassett of Delaware
8 Thomas Bassett, William Bassett (1687)
9-11 Thomas Bassett Sr.
12-14 Thomas Bassett Jr.
15-16 Bassetts of Eltham, New Kent County, Virginia
17 Alabama Bassetts
18 South Carolina Bassetts
19 Bassetts of Lynn, Massachusetts and Salem County, New Jersey
20 Bassett-Traylor family
21 Bassett-Underwood family
Box 3 Bassett family correspondence Folder
1-5 Bassett descendants
6 Mrs. Earnest B. Buzzard
7 Burt Greenman
8-11 Lodie Mae McClendon
12 Bessie Wilton
Box 4 Freeman family
1-2 Research notes
3-4 Typed notes and abstracts
5 Pedigree charts
6 James Freeman estate records, Troup County, Georgia
7 Wills and deeds, Troup County, Georgia
8 Wills: Robert Freeman, Oglethorpe County, Georgia
Thomas Freeman, Norfolk County, Virginia
W.S. Freeman, Talladega County, Alanama
9 Wills, North Carolina
10 Deeds, Tennessee
11 Samuel Freeman, North Carolina, Revolutionary War service record 12-18Published data (photocopies)
19 Freeman Forebears by Garland Evans Hopkins (photocopy)
Box 5 Freeman family
1 DAR papers of Carma Ethalyn Hinde, descendant of Samuel Freeman
2 DAR papers of Elizabeth Prescott, descendant of William Freeman
3-5 Jamestowne Society, application and proofs of descent from Bridges Freeman
6 Correspondence - historical agencies, libraries, publishers
7 Correspondence - Society of Mayflower Descendants, Mrs. A.H. Vollertsen 8-11 Correspondence - Freeman descendants
Box 6 Surname files Folder
5 Brewster, William
6 Burwell Family of Bedford and Northampton in England, and Glouster County, Virginia
7 Carys of Bristol, England and Warwick County, Virginia
8 Clower, Rebecca, wife of Kilby Bassett
9 Coker-Bassett family
15 Ellis, Jonathan
16 Fleming, Robert
Box 7 Surname files Folder
2 Goolsby/Goldsby 3-11 Haynes
13 Hendrick, John, son of John Moses Hendrick
15 Higginson family of Berkswell, Warwick, England and Virginia
25 More, Sir Thomas, 1487-1535; Moore, Thomas, Irish poet, 1779-1852; Moore, Sir John, 1761-1809
Box 8 Surname files and miscellaneous records Folder
2-3 Morris, Spencer and Sarah Bassett
9 Robinson family of Yorkshire, England and Middlesex County, Virginia
10 Ross-Bassett family, Jack and Millie Ross of Indianola, Mississippi
14 Smith family of Colchester, Essex, England
24 Whatley family of Georgia and Alabama
26 Papers and talks by Winnie Bassett Seacord Robinson Ellis
Box 9-11 Research note pads
1 Arnett Kitty Bassett, n.d.
2 Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Underwood, 1961
3 Winnie and John Robinson, 1969
4 Jane Smith and Melna Garner Market, 1969
5 Mr. and Mrs. Clarence C. Smith, 1969
6 Clara Gaither, Lodie Mae McClendon, and Corine Floyd, 1969
7 Marian and Omer Lou Bassett, 1969
8 Bassett Cousins Reunion, 1968
9 Nancy Matilda Gladney (?), n.d.
10 Melton Freeman Gladney, n.d.
RELATED COLLECTIONS AT TROUP COUNTY ARCHIVES MS 38, Janie Lovelace Heard Collection